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James Cameron Haak, MD
(501) 987-7467
314th Medical Grp Sgsar
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1979

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Joseph D Calhoun, MD, FACR
(501) 771-2000
3500 Springhill Dr Ste 201
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Radiology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Hosea W Mc Adoo, MD
(501) 982-7156
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1966

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Thomas Richard Sanford, MD
(928) 755-3411
2801 Medical Center Dr
Pocahontas, AR
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1973

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Samuel B Caruthers, MD
3029 Hidden Valley Dr
Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Radiology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Roland Albert Grieb, MD
(812) 234-1499
314 Med GP/SGH 1090 Arnold Dr,
Little Rock Afb, AR
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1981

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Mark Robson Storey, MD
(501) 955-2227
3401 Springhill Dr Ste 130
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1996

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Hosea W Mc Adoo Jr, MD
(501) 982-7156
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1966

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William Curtis Williams
(501) 664-3914
500 S University Ave
Little Rock, AR
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Radiology

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David C Kolb
(501) 227-5256
9601 Lile Dr
Little Rock, AR
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Nuclear Medicine

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MRI Is Not a Fortune Teller

Magnetic resonance imaging--more commonly known as MRI--provides doctors with computerized pictures of tissues inside the body. This machine creates images that look like slices of the area your doctor is interested in. If a person has neck pain, for example, doctors can use MRI to determine exactly where the problem is and where to operate. But can the MRI give an accurate picture of whether the surgery will be a success?

Seventy-three patients requiring surgery for spinal stenosis were studied. Spinal stenosis develops when the tube surrounding the spinal cord narrows. The resulting pressure on the spinal cord causes "myelopathy," a condition that can cause problems with the bowels and bladder, change the way a person walks, and affect a person's ability to use his or her fingers and hands.

Fifty of the patients were men; 23 were women. Their ages ranged from 43 to 81 years old. The average age was 64.

The authors studied MRI scans taken of each patient before surgery. The authors wanted to compare whether certain qualities of the MRI were common in patients who didn't do well after surgery. If patients with a particular finding on the MRI didn't get good results from surgery, doctors might know not to suggest surgery for these kinds of patients.

The results showed that, for the most part, MRIs don't predict how well a patient will do after surgery. The findings of one type of MRI pattern suggested there was greater damage to the spinal cord tissues. Patients with this MRI pattern tended to do poorly after surgery. But since only four of these patients were in the study, the results weren't conclusive.

A combination of the patients' ages, certain MRI patterns, and duration of symptoms seemed to be good predictors of how well the participants would do after surgery. Younger patients whose MRI scans didn't suggest a lot of damage and whose symptoms hadn't lasted as long were more likely to get good results from surgery.

MRIs can give lots o...

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